Premier League football resumed this Saturday afternoon at Olympic Stadium between two London rivals where a struggling West Ham United side hosted defending champions Chelsea in a crucial encounter. Although the Hammers suffered a late heartbreak despite showing a spirited display against league leaders Manchester City last weekend, there was an indication of optimism and David Moyes, the newly appointed West Ham boss, guided his side to cause a massive upset and clinched a massive 1-0 win against the heavyweights.
Chelsea suffered an early shock when Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic played some decent one-two before the latter put it back into the net around 6th-minute mark. West Ham got a massive boost following an early lead but were cautious this time as they failed to retain the same against the Citizens last Sunday. Chelsea tried to hit back but the Hammers defensive resilience didn’t allow them to cause enough goal-bound threats. The hosts sat back patiently with a view to constitute counter-attacking moves. Arnautovic, Masuaku, Lanzini, and Antonio were pacy as well as swift when they were moving forward. Antonio Conte, the Blues boss, played all his cards and made attacking substitutions by bringing in Pedro, Willian, and Victor Moses. However, West Ham managed to maintain their defensive organization and discipline and didn’t allow Chelsea to cause any harm. Alvaro Morata and Hazard had a couple of golden opportunities towards the end but both of them failed to keep their efforts on target.
The game thus ended 1-0 in favor of West Ham who secured their first win under Moyes and received a massive boost in order to stay up in the league avoiding a relegation scare. Chelsea’s title defence suffered a massive setback and they will rather slip to the fourth spot in the league table if Liverpool beat their Merseyside rivals Everton tomorrow at Anfield.
West Ham United vs Chelsea Lineups:
West Ham United: Adrian, Pablo Zabaleta, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Artur Masuaku, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic (Diafra Sakho 69′), Michail Antonio (Andre Ayew 79′).
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta (Willian 64′), N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko (Pedro 46′), Marcos Alonso (Victor Moses 55′), Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata.
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